Kawagoe Chuo Library | KAWAGOE

There are five libraries in Kawagoe. The Chuo Library is generally referred to as Kawagoe Library, as the principle and largest of the five.  The building is quite old and a lot of their books, particularly the English ones, are archaic and have the smell to prove it. But it is a great resource for foreigners living in Kawagoe or the neighbouring towns.

Kawagoe Library aka City Chuo Library

 

City Chuo Library is situated in Sankubocho, Kawagoe, about a 20 minute walk from Kawagoe station. They have quite a good selection of English books for children, located on the ground floor.

On the same floor they also have a small selection of English novels for adults. I am member of quite a few libraries in Saitama and Kawagoe Library is the only one I have come across to date that has fiction and non-fiction English books for adults.

Judging by the collection they haven’t got any new titles in quite sometime, but I can’t complain: there is enough of a choice for me to get a few months of reading out of.

Kawagoe Library membership

To become a member you need proof of your address in Japan in the form of an alien registration card or Japanese license. The card is valid for the 5 principal libraries in Kawagoe.

Kawagoe Library Borrowing Books

You can borrow up to 10 books for 2 weeks upon securing membership. Their system also allows you to return borrowed books to any of the 5 city libraries. These libraries include the one at the Kurasse building beside Kawagoe station and the large Nishi library, which also has a good selection of English children’s books. Like most of the libraries in Japan, the City Chuo Library has an online system where you can check availability of book and reserve them in advance. The system is currently only available in Japanese. If you wish to use the online facilities you need to create a 4 digit pin number when you apply for your membership. Membership is instant upon filling out a form.

Kawagoe City Chuo Library Facilities

On the ground floor they have little tables with chairs for children to read at and “stadium seating” (3 rows! Pictured above) for storytime and kamishibai performances. There is a nursing area beside the steps pictured above.

On the second floor (third floor) there is a screening / cinema room where they have periodic film showings about twice a month. On this floor there is a toilet with a baby changing unit.

They also have the “book recycle corner” up there too.

The library is open 6 days a week, generally closing on Mondays. Tuesday to Friday it opens from 9.30am to 7pm. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays it opens from 9.30am to 6pm. The library occasionally closes for days on end for system updates.

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Access Kawagoe Library

There is a parking lot in the basement of the library as well as a few car parking spaces on the ground level.

The library is quite close to City Hall, so you can get any public bus to the city hall and walk from there. The nearest train stations are Hon-Kawagoe station on the Seibu Shinjuku line and Kawagoe Shi Station on the Tobu Tojo Line.

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  • Marcia Strykowski

    January 29, 2014 at 23:53

    What an adorable library. I love the little house bookcases. Book Giving Day is a great idea!

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    • Elle

      January 30, 2014 at 00:25

      Thank you for your comment Marcia. And congratulations on your book “Call Me Amy”, a must read for my kids when they are older. 🙂 I love the photo of you with the killer whale, what an awesome experience.

      Reply
  • freebutfun

    January 30, 2014 at 03:43

    What a cute “book town” in the library! Happy you liked the idea of book swapping/ giving too 🙂 And thanks for the nod!

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  • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist

    January 30, 2014 at 13:19

    That’s a great idea! I must remember to tell others about that post (I did sign up in the comments). Good that you’ve found a library you can make use of.

    Reply
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    February 18, 2014 at 22:09

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